Police water blitz - fines, 59 breath tests, drug tests, warnings, on day one of operation
A $250 fine has been handed to a jet ski rider for what police call improper use of his watercraft – he was hooning around – on Saturday as Hawkesbury Police and Marine Area Command officers patrol the Hawkesbury’s waterways this long weekend using high power police craft.
Day one of the ongoing operation saw officers in the Hawkesbury Police Launch, and on two high speed jet skis from Marine Area Command, patrol the Hawkesbury River in the Sackville, Lower Portland and Wisemans Ferry area.
Chief Inspector Garry Sims APM said, “An increased police presence is a direct result of the number of drownings in the Hawkesbury over the past five years.”
Sixty-two safety compliance checks were carried out on the one day, along with 59 breath tests on boat captains and skiers, alongside three drug tests.
As a result of the enforcement, one rider jet ski was issued a $250 infringement for improper use of his watercraft, two Life Jacket Boating Infringement Notices were issued, along with several formal warnings.
Chief Inspector Sims added, “it is disappointing that a number of infringement notices and formal warnings were issued on what is basically the start of the season. We urge people to become safety compliant and recognise the risks associated with not following safety requirements.”